Wendy Bell criticized again for insensitive comments — this time about COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ms. Bell questioned whether shutting down the economy was worth it “for less than 1% of our population?”

KDKA Radio host Wendy Bell is facing backlash on social media Wednesday over comments she made addressing the decision to shut down businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms. Bell’s name was trending on Twitter after a clip surfaced of the former WTAE-TV anchor questioning the government’s decision to risk a potential economic shutdown in order to save a small percentage of lives from the virus. The comments were made on-air in the KDKA Radio studio Sunday while Ms. Bell streamed a 10-minute segment on Facebook Live.

Source: Wendy Bell criticized again for insensitive comments — this time about COVID-19 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Bob Dylan Gets First Billboard No. 1 Murder Most Foul Charts

Better late than never.

A very talented, promising young musician just earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and he goes by the name of [checks notes] Bob Dylan? Yes, Nobel Prize in Literature holder, Oscar winner, and ten-time Grammy award-winning folk legend Bob Dylan has climbed to the top of the charts for the first time in his career at the tender age of 78. Pitchfork reports that Dylan’s 17-minute song “Murder Most Foul” about the assassination of JFK, which he surprise released last month, now sits atop the Rock Digital Song Sales chart after selling 10,000 downloads within its first week of release.

Source: Bob Dylan Gets First Billboard No. 1 Murder Most Foul Charts

How To Get Your $1,200 Stimulus Payment Direct Deposited To Your Bank Account

In response to the coronavirus crisis, many U.S. workers, including freelancers and independent contractors, are eligible to receive a check from the government. Learn what steps you must take to get this stimulus payment quickly.

Direct deposit information

The direct deposit information is as follows:

  • The name of your bank
  • Your bank account number, which can be up to 17 characters (see image below). On the sample check below, the account number is 2020202086.
  • The “routing number” for your bank, which must contain 9 digits (see image below). On the sample check below, the routing number is 250250025.
  • Don’t include the check number (1234 on the image below).
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Source: How To Get Your $1,200 Stimulus Payment Direct Deposited To Your Bank Account

Stocks surge after Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign | Fox Business

Stocks rallied Wednesday as COVID-19 showed signs of plateauing in some of the hardest hit areas.

U.S. equity markets rallied to session highs Wednesday after Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he was suspending his presidential campaign.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained nearly 700 points, or 3.1 percent, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite rose 3.1 percent and 2.43 percent, respectively. The gains have lifted the S&P 500 out of its bear market, which would officially end with the index closing above 2,684.88.

Source: Stocks surge after Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign | Fox Business

Mysterious ‘stinging tentacle’ creature filmed off coast of Australia looks like giant ‘ocean string’

FOOTAGE of a long luminescent string-like object floating in the ocean has left people feeling like they’ve just seen a deep-sea alien.

What we’re actually looking at is in fact a giant siphonophore, a creature made up of multiple organisms.

Source: Mysterious ‘stinging tentacle’ creature filmed off coast of Australia looks like giant ‘ocean string’

Truck driver from Durham stabs four women, kills three before he is killed by police in Tenn. :: WRAL.com

A truck driver from Durham was shot and killed after law enforcement said he stabbed four women, killing three of them, before officers killed him Tuesday morning.

 — A truck driver from Durham was shot and killed after law enforcement said he stabbed four women, killing three of them, before officers killed him Tuesday morning in Tennessee.

Idris Abdus-Salaam of Durham was identified as the man who stabbed and killed Joyce Whaley, Patricia Denise Nibble and Nettie R. Spencer. A fourth victim, a customer who has not been identified, remains hospitalized.

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Investigators say just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident at the Pilot Travel Center along Strawberry Plains Pike. Officers found one person with stab wounds outside the store.

A man, armed with a knife and identified by witnesses as the suspect, was also observed in the parking lot. Officers confronted the individual, who refused to drop the weapon. At some point during the encounter, one of the officers fired shots, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three of the four who were stabbed were pronounced dead at the scene with the fourth victim rushed to a local hospital.

Source: Truck driver from Durham stabs four women, kills three before he is killed by police in Tenn. :: WRAL.com

Over 300,000 People Have Recovered From Coronavirus Around the World, According to Johns Hopkins University

If a convalescent plasma program proves to be a successful treatment, more people recovering could potentially lead to even more people recovering.

Dr. Michael Joyner, a lead researcher of the Mayo Clinic’s convalescent plasma program, said they’d administer the product to a range of patients, including those already in the intensive care unit, to understand how it impacts the course of their virus. But, the number of people who can potentially be helped is dependent on survivors donating.

“I think it’s very important for the general public to understand this is not like a drug where we can increase the number of shifts and ramp up the production line at a drug company,” Joyner said. “This is a biological product that has to be obtained from a specific set of patients.”

Potential donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good health and feeling well and be symptom-free for at least 14 days prior to donation, according to the Red Cross.

Source: Over 300,000 People Have Recovered From Coronavirus Around the World, According to Johns Hopkins University

Stimulus checks: Millions of low-income Americans are at risk of missing out on payments – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)There are as many as 10 million low-income, childless adults in the United States who are eligible for the federal government’s stimulus payment program, but are at risk of missing out on the money, according to tax experts.

That’s because they aren’t required to file tax returns, making it harder for the IRS to verify their income — or even to know who they are or where to find them.
“These folks are very disconnected from the tax system. It’s going to be very hard to get their payments out,” said Elaine Maag, a research associate in the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
People who have filed returns and others in government programs like Social Security will automatically receive the stimulus payments, which are worth up to $1,200 per person.
Maag estimates there about 10 million people who may not be in the IRS system because they don’t earn enough money and see little incentive to claim tax credits. By law, people don’t have to file if they earn less than $12,200. Those without children aren’t eligible for the child tax credit and are usually due relatively small amounts under the Earned Income Tax Credit.
But this group includes many needy Americans, including some disabled people. It also includes anyone in the prison system. Some of them will be students who rely on student loans to support themselves, Maag said.

Source: Stimulus checks: Millions of low-income Americans are at risk of missing out on payments – CNNPolitics

Retired NYPD cop with coronavirus drops dead on NYC street – New York Daily News

A retired NYPD sergeant left an Upper East Side hospital after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 — and was found dead about an hour later on the street outside, police sources said Tuesday

Yon Chang, 56, was at Lenox Hill Hospital early Tuesday and told an NYPD cop there he had just been diagnosed with the potentially deadly coronavirus.

He left a short time later only to collapse nearby, on the traffic island at Park Ave. and E. 77th St., about 6:05 a.m. He died at the scene.

Source: Retired NYPD cop with coronavirus drops dead on NYC street – New York Daily News

Coronavirus updates: Pelosi and Schumer call for Congress relief bill

Democrat hopes to add funding for hospitals and states to a coronavirus relief bill for small businesses the Senate wants to pass this week.

  • Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are calling for at least $500 billion in spending in an emergency stopgap coronavirus relief bill.
  • They back $250 billion more in small business loans, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims to pass Thursday, but also want to add funding for hospitals and state and local governments.
  • The legislation is separate from a bill they want to see to expand major parts of the CARES Act, the $2 trillion package Congress passed last month.

Source: Coronavirus updates: Pelosi and Schumer call for Congress relief bill

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to furlough two-thirds of workforce

Approximately 60 of the 90 employees at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport will be furloughed in the coming days, according to airport executive director Gabe Monzo.

Monzo said the layoffs were necessary after Spirit Airlines announced it would be stopping all commercial flights after April 7 due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Source: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to furlough two-thirds of workforce

29 in Kane nursing home positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

At least 29 residents and employees at a Kane Community Living Center have tested positive for coronavirus, according to data from Allegheny County.

The virus was first reported in Kane’s Glen Hazel location on March 25 when an employee tested positive. Two residents tested positive two days later.

Since then, 16 more residents have tested positive for a total of 18, and 16 tests are still pending.

Eleven employees in the facility have also tested positive, and seven tests are pending. Seven residents and 18 employees have tested negative for the virus.

No residents or employees at Kane’s three other locations have tested positive.

Source: 29 in Kane nursing home positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

USPS Looking To Fill Positions In Pittsburgh – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Many employers have been forced to lay off workers because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but some — like USPS — are hiring.

The Postal Service is looking to fill several temporary positions, including mail handler assistant and mail processing clerk assistant.

You have to be at least 18 years old to apply and be able to pass a background and medical check.

The pay ranges from $16.21 to $17.29 hourly.

Those interested are asked to apply at: www.usps.com/employment.

From the website, click on “Search Jobs,” select “Pittsburgh,” then click “Start.”

Source: USPS Looking To Fill Positions In Pittsburgh – CBS Pittsburgh

Two people injured in Pittsburgh shooting

Both victims taken to the hospital

 

The victims, described only as a male and female, were discovered inside of a vehicle and told police they were shot at by someone in another vehicle.

The victims were last listed in stable condition.

No suspect information is available.

Source: Two people injured in Pittsburgh shooting

Fire breaks out inside of building that houses pizza shop and apartments in Pittsburgh

Multiple crews were called to the scene when a fire broke out inside of a building that houses a pizza shop and apartments in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood.

The fire broke out a little before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 4500 block of Liberty Avenue.

Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire.Investigators are now working to determine the cause.No injuries were reported.

Source: Fire breaks out inside of building that houses pizza shop and apartments in Pittsburgh